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Wikipedia, Brick by Brick


Published 2007


Wikipedia, the "Free Encyclopedia that Anyone Can Edit" is now one of the top 20 websites on the Internet, and increasingly a primary source of information for many thousands of users every day. It also contains a number of fatal flaws in its architecture that it is slowly fixing through a number of fundamental changes being implemented each month. In this way, Wikipedia's publically-editable, worldwide-read, and often-relied-upon experiment can serve as an experimental hotbox, a warning to others. Jason Scott, historian and information hoarder, talks quickly through Wikipedia's history, some of its flaws, and examples of how people are exploiting it to their own ends on a daily basis. Step lively; we're going in deep.

Jason Scott is a digital historian, archivist and filmmaker, who has run a number of sites collecting history related to bulletin board systems, early and current internet, and a host of other related artifacts. He runs TEXTFILES.COM, which is a family of sites related to bulletin boards, hacker media, and computer art. He is the director of the documentary "BBS", which covers the history of Bulletin Board Systems, and is currently in production on a new work on text adventures.


Producer Jason Scott
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

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